“Poised to create a seismic shift in consciousness….”  – New books in Psychoanalysis

Arguably the best lay book ever written about psychoanalysis…”  – Journal of Modern psychoanalysis

With Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and short-term mindfulness therapy becoming the dominant treatment modalities taught in medical schools and psychology training institutes, the stories and corresponding theoretical essays in “The Making of a Psychoanalyst” explain, in a way that is clear and accessible to beginning and advanced students alike, the necessity of long-term psychoanalytic treatment.

Bringing the complexities, intricacies and vast theoretical, clinical and emotional requirements for psychoanalytic training into a cogent introductory textbook, this book aims to renew interest in psychoanalysis among young people across the world.  Moving case histories and essays take you deep inside treatment to explain the innovations that have revolutionized how patients are helped to recover from their emotional disturbances and traumatic events.




  • GLOBAL UNCONSCIOUSNESS: Why psychoanalysis is the best mental health discipline available to help people achieve deep and lasting change. (Chapter 1)


  • GETTING PEOPLE INTO PSYCHOANALYSIS:  How psychoanalysts working with pre-analytic patients coming to treatment with real-life problems help them transition towards investigating a question analytically about their own unconscious.  (Chapter 2)


  • THE METHODS:  Innovations in clinical methodology have revolutionized the psychoanalyst’s capacity to gain access inside their patient’s deepest unconscious. (Part II: Key Concepts)


  • THE THEORY:  A solid foundation in metatheory, using four cogent theories of the mind, anchors and guides the analyst’s intense work inside the patient’s unconscious process. (Chapter 4)


  • THE BENEFITS:  Becoming a psychoanalyst is rich in personal development thanks to the requirement of having to hone your own mind for use as an instrument for diagnosis and cure.  (Chapter 6)


  • CELEBRATING THE “WORST SELF”:  Regression, psychic distortion, unmet needs, unresolved anger, and unspoken longing are all invited, welcomed, and celebrated in analysis. (Chapter 7)


  • THE FUTURE OF PSYCHOANALYSIS:  Given the current epidemic of mental illness, the time is right for psychoanalysis to become more globally recognized as the mental health discipline most suitable for working deeply enough to impact immutable defense structures, psychic distortion, and regression into psychosis. (Chapter 8)


Stories and Lessons


Part I, Introduction to Psychoanalysis

Chapter 1: Catrina Learns to Breathe – The Twenty-First-Century Psychoanalyst

In this story about the successful psychoanalytic treatment of a woman careening towards debilitating anxiety and depression, readers are introduced to the escalating challenge of global unconsciousness. In the corresponding essay, students are taken behind the scenes of the story and introduced to the clinical, theoretical and emotional vicissitudes of psychoanalytic treatment.

Chapter 2: John J and the Big Surrender – The Twenty-First-Century Patient

John J, a farm boy whose drinking and womanizing was threatening to destroy his life, was utterly blind as to what was happening inside himself.  This chapter and corresponding essay examine how the analyst works to transition patients who are seeking help with real-life problems into becoming analytic patients interested in investigating a question about their own consciousness.

Part II, Key Concepts

Chapter 3: Searching for Anita – Following the Contact

Chapter 4: The Unseen side of Angela – Theories of the Mind

Chapter 5: Terrell and Rosalia in Bed – Emotional Communication

In these stories about individual and family treatment, the vicissitudes of psychoanalytic training are carefully examined, including the clinical methodologies that have revolutionized how psychoanalysts work with the unconscious, as well as the metatheories — including structural theory, conflict theory, drive theory and object relations — that currently anchor and guide treatment.

Chapter 6: Mitzi’s Workshop – Listening to Countertransference

In this story about a severe countertransference resistance, students learn about the tremendous potential for personal transformation that can be realized when undergoing training.

Part III, Putting it All Together

Chapter 7: Mercy Gets a Tattoo – Layers of Listening

The deep triumvirate knowledge of metatheory, clinical methodology and countertransference reactions that is required in the making of a psychoanalyst is illustrated and expounded upon in this story and corresponding essay about the successful treatment of a family splintering under the duress of a delinquent teen.

Chapter 8: Sylvie Spider – The Future of Psychoanalysis

The psychoanalytic treatment of a child diagnosed with ADD addresses the management of resistance to psychoanalysis. The corresponding essay treats the case as a microcosm for the broader societal resistances to the practice, offering insights into the future of psychoanalysis.